Korean smoothing: effective straightening that does not attack the hair
Do you want to permanently get rid of your frizz, your flyaways, but especially your hair straightener that you use almost every day and which ends up damaging your hair? Why not test Korean smoothing?
Less aggressive and less chemical than Japanese straightening but more effective than Brazilian straightening, Korean straightening is an excellent solution to no longer have to worry about curling or curling hair.
How Korean smoothing works ?
Unlike other more well-known straightening processes such as Brazilian straightening, Korean straightening is not a treatment and therefore does not nourish the hair. It aims to modify the nature and structure of the hair to stiffen it gently.
The active ingredient in Korean permanent smoothing is thioglycolic acid combined with henna. This is the only straightening process that can be applied to hair treated or colored with henna.
Like most long-lasting straightening, it consists of opening the micro-scales of the hair, then applying the treatment, making it penetrate into the hair fiber, then fixing it by heat, using plates in ceramic heaters.
What are the products used in Korean straightening ?
Korean smoothing uses, as the name suggests, products originating in Korea. It is possible that the products come from neighboring regions within the Asian continent.
Korean smoothing is chemical smoothing. Its main ingredients are thioglycolic acid, henna, keratin and silk proteins.
Thioglycolic acid works to break down the natural structures that bind hair atoms together and are responsible for frizz.
Henna is a natural component, usually used for its coloring properties. In Korean smoothing, it has a healing function. Without providing the smoothing with moisturizing or restorative properties, it helps protect the hair during the action of thioglycolic acid. This avoids a brittle effect as with Japanese straightening.
keratin is a protein naturally contained in the hair fiber. It contributes to the hydration and the shine of the hair, and thus reinforces the action of the henna during the Korean straightening.
How to maintain my Korean straightening ?
Since Korean straightening causes a change in the hair structure, there is no risk that your hair will lose its stiffness, no matter how much it is subjected to humidity, shampoo, or even water. seawater and chlorinated swimming pool water.
However, you can ensure that your hair's shine is maintained by using a shampoo loaded with keratin. This will keep your hair hydrated and supple over time.
While your lengths will remain as smooth as day one, your hair roots will return to their natural appearance as you grow back. It is therefore advisable to redo a Korean smoothing twice a year in order to maintain a uniform smooth appearance.
Who can perform this type of smoothing ?
Korean smoothing is not for everyone. Indeed, it is advisable to do it on hair that is already healthy, natural or colored with henna.
This smoothing being quite aggressive, it is risky for already damaged, dry or brittle hair. Your hairdresser should also refuse you Korean straightening if this is the case with your hair, and direct you towards a more nourishing straightening.
On the other hand, concerning the nature of the hair, it can be done on most types of hair: wavy, curly, or even curly. However, the result may differ depending on the density of the curls in your natural hair.
Korean straightening is not recommended for adolescents under the age of 15. This is because the hair has not yet reached its final shape, and Korean straightening could have harmful consequences on its regrowth or on its future development.
What are the advantages of Korean smoothing ?
Korean straightening, as explained previously, is straightening that changes the structure of the hair. Its main advantage is therefore its hold, which is therefore permanent, or at least, very long, since it will be necessary to redo a smoothing when the lengths grow back, i.e. after 6 to 8 months.
The smoothing effect of this smoothing is also more pronounced than that of Brazilian smoothing, due to its chemical components. It can therefore be particularly interesting depending on the degree of stiffness you are looking for your hair.
Finally, despite a degree of stiffness greater than Brazilian straightening, Korean straightening helps to maintain texture and suppleness in the hair, and thus to maintain a rather natural appearance.